George F. Hussey Jr.

George Frederick Hussey Jr. (June 15, 1894 – April 17, 1983) was United States Navy Vice admiral during World War II, who served as the Chief of Naval Ordnance from December 1943 to September 1947.[1]

George Frederick Hussey Jr.
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Born(1894-06-15)June 15, 1894
Brookline, Massachusetts
DiedApril 17, 1983(1983-04-17) (aged 88)
Laguna Hills, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service1916–1947
RankUS-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands heldBureau of Ordnance
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal

Early years in the NavyEdit

George Frederick Hussey Jr. was born on June 15, 1894 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and graduated in 1916 with the rank of Ensign. He was subsequently assigned to USS Pennsylvania and served in Atlantic during World War I. Hussey served with Pennsylvania until 1920 and then attended the postgraduate course at United States Naval Academy.

In the interwar period, Hussey served in the various navy assignments, including service at Washington Navy Yard, as aide to Commander of Battleship Division Three or as executive officer of destroyer USS Farquhar.

World War IIEdit

During the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hussey served with the USS Hopkins within directing the off-shore patrol off Hawaii.

Hussey was ordered to Washington, D.C., where he was appointed the director of production within the Bureau of Ordnance. In December 1943, Hussey succeeded Rear admiral William H. P. Blandy and became the Chief of the Bureau. In this capacity, he was responsible for the directing of development and production of Naval arms during World War II. Hussey was decorated with the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his service during the War and finally retired from the Navy in September 1947.

DecorationsEdit

 
 
     
1st Row Navy Distinguished Service Medal
2nd Row World War I Victory Medal with Atlantic Fleet Clasp American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp American Campaign Medal
3rd Row Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "George F. Hussey, 88, Dies; Led Navy's Ordnance Bureau". nytimes.com. Retrieved 7 November 2013.